PREVIEW: Crusaders Play Non-Conference DH at LeTourneau University (4/16)

PREVIEW: Crusaders Play Non-Conference DH at LeTourneau University (4/16)

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GAME INFORMATION

Dates/Times: April 16 (5:00 PM) (DH)

Opponent: LeTourneau University

Records: Dallas (7-25), LeTourneau (20-13)

Location: Longview, Texas, Joyce Family Athletic Village


FIRST PITCH

The University of Dallas softball team gained a week-long break after rallying from a 5-0 deficit with a six-run fifth inning to win over conference opponent, Austin College, to secure a crucial split on Senior Day. After dropping the first game 10-8, the Crusaders picked up their second win in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play.

Weather cancelled the first doubleheader between the teams, and this past weekend washed out a doubleheader for Austin College versus Southwestern University. The Pirates picked up two wins over the 'Roos on Friday, which ended their season at 1-30 and 1-19 in SCAC play.

Thus, Dallas clinched the sixth and final seed in the SCAC Tournament hosted at Centenary College on April 26-28.  

In the meantime, the Crusaders will wrap up their non-conference play this regular season at LeTourneau University on Tuesday.


UD NOTABLES

- The Crusaders are 5-9 in games outside of league play.

- Julie Duenas (Houston, Texas) is hitting a team-leading .422 batting average. She is also tops on the team with 43 hits, four homers, and 20 RBI. Her 10-game, hit-streak ended last outing.

- Caitlyn Stevenson (Henderson, Nev.) and Liz Cordova (Oklahoma City, Okla.) form a top trio hitting .312 and .286, respectively. Stevenson is the other player eclipsing 30 hits with 34. Cordova has driven in 16 runs for second on the team.

- Brianna Hale (Austin, Texas) is riding a five-game hitting streak, while Lindsay Devlin (Leander, Texas) went 2-for-4 in her first game to bat this season against Austin College.

- Bri Torres (Cypress, Texas) has drawn 11 walks to lead the team and is only player in double-digits.


BY THE NUMBERS

- UD Season Stats

- LeTourneau Season Stats

- All-Time Series: UD is 12-18

- Dallas split last year's twinbill in Irving winning 3-2 and falling 10-8.

- In the triumph, Stevenson and Duenas recorded a hit and run. Maggie Watts (Arcadia, Texas) logged six innings in the start, while Emily Martin (San Jose, Calif.) worked a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

- The Crusaders have dropped three in a row in Longview dating to 2015. UD blanked the Yellowjackets, 7-0, in the 2015 season opener there.


A LOOK AT THE YELLOWJACKETS

- LeTourneau plays spectacular at home, going 12-2 at the friendly confines.

- On a three-game winning streak after sweeping UT-Dallas in American Southwest Conference (ASC) play this past weekend (2-1, 9-4, 5-3).

- Hayden Parker leads the team with 40 hits, 10 doubles, and seven home runs. She has plated a team-high 39 runs.

- Macey Mize has scored 31 runs, with the next highest over 10 away. She and Kiley Banks are tied for the team-lead in stolen bases with 13 each.

- A trio of pitchers have worked to all-but six batters this season. Bailey Richey heads the group with 88.2 innings in 21 appearances (18 starts). She is 8-2 with a 3.79 ERA to go with 73 strikeouts. Leigh Luker (66 IP) and Samantha Akers (64.1 IP) have combined for the other 12 wins.


UP NEXT

Dallas wraps up the regular season with a conference series at Southwestern University on Apr. 19-20. The four-game series has game ones of the doubleheaders slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday.